Canada’s Gilles, Poirier win ice dance gold at Skate Canada International


Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier had been so burnt out after an Olympic season of isolation and dodging COVID-19 that their six-week break over the summer time wasn’t only a selection — it was a necessity.

“It was what we wanted so as to have the ability to proceed,” Poirier stated. “I feel in any other case, we simply would have …”

“We would not have come again,” Gilles stated.

Making their season debut after the longest stretch of down time of their careers, Gilles and Poirier captured gold at Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ont., the third of their profession. And they stated they’ve by no means felt stronger.

“Absolutely,” Gilles stated. “We’re rested, we’re mentally wholesome, every part is correct the place it must be. We realized so much from the very aggravating season final 12 months; we have actually made positive that we had been prepared and glad and believing in who we had been, which I feel helped.”

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Gilles, Poirier win Skate Canada International gold in ice dance

The Canadian duo of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier earned a rating of 215.70 to complete 1st within the ice dance competitors.

Gilles earned 128.47 factors for his or her passionate program to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita,” music they’d thought of skating to because the starting of the partnership in 2011, and scored 215.70 general for gold.

Great Britain’s Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson received the silver (209.18), whereas Canadians Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha claimed the bronze (195.49).

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Marjorie Lajoie, Zachary Lagha earn bronze in Skate Canada International ice dance

Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha danced to a rating of 195.49 to achieve the rostrum within the ice dance competitors.

Gilles, from Toronto, and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., had thought of retirement over the summer time. It wasn’t till mid-July that they determined to proceed. They had no choreography accomplished, nor music even chosen. They skipped the early B circuit competitions, and hadn’t identified in the event that they’d be prepared for the Grand Prix season.

It actually did not present Saturday because the 30-year-olds introduced the gang at Paramount Fine Foods Centre to its toes.

“I feel we had an absolute blast performing ‘Evita’ for the primary time,” Gilles stated. “It was a extremely particular moment. So we’re actually pleased with every part that we did in the present day.”

Their second Grand Prix this season is in Espoo, Finland, Nov. 25-27. Skaters are assigned to 2 Grand Prixs, and the highest six in every of the disciplines compete within the Final in December.

Watanabe wins girls’s competitors

Japan’s Rinka Watanabe captured gold in girls’s singles earlier Saturday on a tough day for Canadians Madeline Schizas and Gabrielle Daleman.

Skating to the soundtrack from the Japanese TV present “Jin,” Watanabe opened with a triple Axel — a soar that also eludes most feminine skaters — to win the ladies’s singles title with 197.59. It was her Grand Prix debut, on both the junior or senior stage.

“I used to be fairly nervous however I feel I did fairly properly, so I’m actually glad to have accomplished good, strong, in the present day,” she stated.

Watanabe, who had lived and skilled in Vancouver from 2017 till the COVID-19 pandemic pressured her to return to Japan, is planning to incorporate two triple Axels in her free program at her subsequent occasion.

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Japan’s Rinka Watanabe grabs gold at Skate Canada International

The Japanese skater glided to a flawless program within the girls’s free to clinch prime spot on the determine skating podium.

It was a disastrous day for Schizas and Daleman, who had been 1-2 after Friday’s brief program.

Schizas, a 19-year-old from Oakville, Ont., and the reigning Canadian champion, tumbled right down to seventh place with 180.59. Skating final, and to music from the “West Side Story” soundtrack, she fell as soon as and two-footed a few landings.

“I knew full properly skating {that a} door was broad open for me. Like so properly,” Schizas stated. “I knew that I may have received this occasion simply by not falling on my face there on a double soar.

“I did not suppose it was going to be that onerous. I knew full properly that door was open. I simply did not work out the best way to stroll via it.”

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Ontario’s Madeline Schizas leads the way in which at Skate Canada International

Reigning Canadian nationwide champion Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., received the ladies’s brief program with a rating of 67.90 at Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ont.

Schizas noticed a plastic flower holder on the ice throughout her program, possible from a flower thrown after a earlier skater, and missed by the younger skaters who scoop up flowers and stuffed animals. She thought of stopping her program to select it up.

“But when you interrupt your program, how does everybody really feel about your program efficiency?” she stated.

Instead, she picked it up afterward and took it to the judges’ desk.

“I did not slip on it, I simply noticed it. I simply skated by it like 4 instances,” Schizas stated. “From in regards to the third or fourth soar in this system, I used to be like, oh gosh, there’s one thing there,” she stated. “But I’m not going to face right here and blame some silly piece of plastic for my dangerous skate. I may have skated properly anyhow. I simply need to discover ways to focus a little bit bit extra.

“I feel I’ve realized the best way to skate at these occasions, I simply have not realized the best way to compete.”

‘I did battle for every part. I did not quit’

Daleman, a 24-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., and two-time Olympian, appeared on the cusp of a wonderful comeback after a number of tough seasons, however she fell on her third soar, a triple flip, and this system continued to unravel from there. She fell as soon as extra, and almost fell a 3rd time to complete tenth (171.61).

“I really feel disillusioned. Practices have been nice. Warm-up was nice. Definitely was nervous going into this,” stated Daleman, the 2017 world bronze medallist. “But, it is my second competitors out. I am unable to count on excellent. But I did battle for every part. I did not quit. I may have simply as simply let this system go however the crowd was completely unimaginable.”

Starr Andrews of the U.S. scored 191.26 to win silver, whereas You Young of South Korea, who additionally landed a triple Axel, captured the bronze (190.15).

Uno tops males’s podium; Messing finishes 4th

Japan’s reigning world champion Shoma Uno overtook countrymate Kao Miura to win the boys’s singles gold, whereas Canada’s Keegan Messing was fourth.

In the boys’s free skate to cap the evening, Miura, the chief after the brief program, broke a skate lace earlier than warm-up and solely jumped on the ice with 30 seconds remaining. The 17-year-old fell on his quad Salchow, and dropped to silver with 265.29.

Uno scored 273.15 for gold, whereas Matteo Rizzo of Italy captured the bronze (251.03).

Canadians Stephen Gogolev and Conrad Orzel completed seventh and eleventh, respectively.

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Shoma Uno of Japan claims males’s gold at Skate Canada International

Japan’s Shoma Uno wins the boys’s title at Skate Canada International with a complete rating of 273.15.

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara received Japan’s first-ever Grand Prix pairs title with 212.02 factors, ending first within the brief program and free skate.

The American duo of Emily Chan and Spencer Howe claimed silver (186.48), whereas Italians Sara Conti and Niccolo Macci took dwelling bronze with 186.18.

Canada’s Benjamin Mimar and Brooke McIntosh, sister of star swimmer Summer, simply missed the rostrum with a fourth-place end of their senior Grand Prix debut. Fellow Canadians Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Ethier completed seventh (152.09).

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Japan’s Miura, Kihara win pairs title at Skate Canada International

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan win gold within the pairs occasion at Skate Canada International with a complete rating of 212.02.


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